According to Unilever brass, the move reflects its aim to improve the integrity, transparency and measurement of influencer marketing, both for its brands and as a way of setting best practice for the industry as a whole. Issues such as follower fraud and audience duplication are affecting the influencer marketing channel.
"The entire digital advertising ecosystem understands the important role creators are playing in advertising and brand-building; the industry needs forward-thinking companies to address issues like data transparency and fraud," said Vasiliki Petrou, executive vice president and group chief executive at Unilever Prestige. "CreatorIQ is proactively developing solutions that empower Unilever to continue to set global measurement standards for the influencer marketing industry. Their platform enhances the quality and integrity of our brands’ campaigns by safeguarding against follower fraud and brand safety issues."